Corey Duane Campbell (born April 4, 1969) is the author of the poetry book “BlackChild’s Rhythms Of Life”. He has attended and spoken at many spoken word venues around his hometown in Memphis, Tennessee. He was an active member of Poemhunter.com, where he listed a number of his writings and made it available for all readers on the site. He received positive comments from readers of all walks of life. While a member at Christ The Rock Church, he introduced his spiritual side in his writings. There, other members and poets gave him praises. This encouraged him to write more. He wrote a chapbook called “A Brother’s Song”, which sold very well around his hometown.
Corey Duane Campbell was born in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1969. He grew up in Kankakee, IL. then moved to south Memphis, TN. living on Jeanette Street. His family later moved further south to Whitehaven . He went to Mark Twain Elementary (Kankakee IL), Lauderdale Elementary, Raineshaven Elementary, Lanier Junior High, and Whitehaven High. After graduating from high school, he moved and attended college at Tennessee State University (Nashville, Tennessee), where he worked toward his degree in Computer Science Technology. While attending Tennessee State University he was a member of the Aristocrat Of Bands. Being a Dean’s List student, he was nominated Outstanding College Student Of America and was pictured in his hometown newspaper.
He moved back to Memphis Tennessee finding work as a Computer Systems Operator at Schering Plough. He attended State Technical Institute with plans to continue pursuing his education in Computer Programming. While working full time he was still able to maintain a GPA of 3.0 and received an academic certificate from State Technical Institute. Corey has worked in the IT field of System Administration and Engineering for 19 years. Thus, receiving several certificates, awards, and promotions. His employers consists of the following major corporations: Schering Plough, Time Warner, International Paper, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), AT&T Wireless, and FedEx.
During the early and mid ‘80s, Corey was an active writer and music lover. He was introduced to several styles of music. His mother would play gospel & other style of music from artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Lena Horne, Sam Cooke, The Blind Boys, Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. His dad was a major blues fan. He would play music from artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Sony Boy Williams (Little Boy Blue), Chuck Berry, B.B. King, and Albert King. In Elementary school, Corey participated in the choir and became an active member of the marching band in Jr. High and High School. He learned and played concert music, country music, jazz music, and many others. While growing up during the beginning of the hip hop generation, he became interested in rhyme and poetry. He learned poetry from his 10th grade English Teacher. She taught him poetry styles and introduced him to poets such as Phillis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson. Using what he learned, his writings became more matured. For example, he played bass guitar in a music group called “Midnight Mission”. As a member, he and others wrote and produced their own songs. Later (while in college), finding that one of the songs written in high school was later song by Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do). Because they were young and didn’t copyright the song they wrote in the recording studio, their credits were lost. He also enjoyed writing rap lyrics just to play around in his high school hallways with his friends.
During his adult years, Corey’s experiences with life grew. He would always write his thoughts on paper as well as write songs while humming music in his head. His grandmother was a retired teacher. She would keep writings, historical newspaper clips, old coins, or anything dealing with history and historical world news. His grandmother noticed one of his writings. She asked him if he could give all of his writings to her instead of throwing them away. She encouraged him to write more. She would always tell him that he should write a book. One night, Corey visited a poetry club in his hometown. After hearing local poets, he felt his writings was on the same level as the poets that spoke at the club. The very next week, Corey visited the club and brought two of his poems. He signed up to speak on the open mic going under the name “BlackChild”. This was a nickname given to him as a member of the motorcycle club “Unbreakables”. After reciting his poem “Scared Of U As U Of Us”, he received great applause and snaps. After then, he recited another one of his poems called “Uncle Tom”. This poem captured the audience attention and also received great applause. From then, Corey was known as the poet “BlackChild” around town. He has spoken several times at the following clubs in Memphis, Tennessee: Nappy By Nature, Java Cabana, Precious Cargo, and Hattiloo Theatre. He has some of his writings posted on Poemhunter.com. He wrote a chapbook called “A Brother’s Song”. He currently has finished his first poetry book called “BlackChild’s Rhythms Of Life”.